One of the many program options that we offer, the Martial Arts at Serenity Recovery provides great benefit in recovery to our patients. The most difficult part of overcoming addiction is taking that very first step – realizing and admitting that there is a problem and that help is needed. Not to say that it is smooth sailing after that point, as there certainly are plenty of obstacles to face and stressful parts included in the recovery process. Not the least of which is selecting an effective rehabilitation facility.
There are many things to consider when deciding on a treatment center. The most important of these points to consider is the overall effectiveness of the program at the facility. Many people think of a rehabilitation program as a way to get clean and sober. But, for real recovery from addiction to be found, it has to be much more than that.
At Serenity Recovery, our rehabilitation program is a very in-depth healing process of the Whole Self, concentrating on the Body, Mind, and Spirit as equally important in the treatment of each that we see in our halls. Rather than dealing with only the symptoms of addiction, we seek to help our patients uncover and address the underlying causes of those addictive behaviors and to discover the various tools that will assist them to remain clean and sober after they graduate.
By offering several different treatment options and supplemental programs for our patients to choose from, we can help them find the path to recovery that will work best for them. Each of our supplemental program options focuses on the Body, Mind, or Spirit in some way, but a couple of them focus on all three aspects of the Whole Self simultaneously.
One of these specialized courses is a Beginner’s Introduction to Martial Arts at Serenity Recovery. Karate and other forms of Martial Arts are known around the world for their philosophies that encourage practices of self-discipline, dedication and perseverance, confidence, focus and concentration, and personal integrity. Many of our patients have been lacking these qualities as a result of the altered thought processes that occur from long-term substance abuse. Martial arts at Serenity Recovery is an excellent foundation for gaining these skills that can benefit a person for a lifetime.
Led by Sensei Ed Taylor, a 5th Degree Black Belt in the Shōrin-ryū style of Karate that originated in Okinawa, Japan, the Martial Arts class meets twice weekly for about an hour. This course gives our patients an opportunity to discover practical applications of the principles of these Eastern philosophies and also reinforces the different ideas and concepts they discover in their core program selection.
Sensei Taylor, who also runs his Karate school locally, finds a lot of personal incentive in the work he does at Serenity. “My class helps with the recovery program in a lot of different ways,” he says. “Working with patients here, it’s gratifying beyond words. When you can take someone who is struggling in their life, and you see that confidence overcome them, it’s gratifying.”
“Sensei Ed Taylor is one of the coolest guys that work here, honestly,” says Matthew A., one of the patients at Serenity who chose to participate in the Karate Class. “He always makes the class fun. He jokes around. It’s not always just so serious.” This personal interaction that Sensei Taylor has with the patients he teaches is also helpful in learning how to form healthy relationships with others, and to repair relationships damaged by their substance abuse.
Matthew enjoys the break from working through their program. It is helpful to step away for a little while and to return to the process with a fresh set of eyes and a clear mind, especially during those more stressful or difficult parts of recovery. “It’s a little escape for me throughout the day,” he explains. “Whenever I go to Karate, I don’t have to overthink about what is going on. I don’t think about anything at all.”
But it isn’t just the break from the rehabilitation process that Matthew finds to be beneficial to him. “To my overall program, it’s helped me,” he observes. “I went in there not knowing anything and trying to learn everything. I learned to have patience. It’ll come with time and practice.” Patience is a highly valuable attribute that will help Matthew in working through the problems and obstacles that daily life will place before him without the need for using drugs or alcohol.
The Serenity Recovery treatment center is so much more than just a rehabilitation facility. With the wide array of programs and supplemental courses that we offer, we have a path to overcoming an addiction that will work for anyone. By allowing our patients, with guidance from our counselors and case managers, the freedom and ability to determine the path that they will take to recovery, they find a sense of confidence in their sobriety as well as a deeper understanding of their role of responsibility in their sobriety. They find that they do have the strength and ability within to build a better and more positive life for themselves and their loved ones, and to work towards a future that is healthier, brighter, and full of promise and hope.
You can find out more about Martial Arts at Serenity Recovery by calling our toll-free number today.